|Perspectives for Better Neurological Care
Dr. C. Robert Adams
Board Certified Neurologist
|109 N. 15th St., Ste 14, Norfolk Ne. 68701||Phone: 402-371-0226|
|3900 Dakota Ave, South Sioux City, Ne. 68776||Toll Free: 888-516-2398|
|Brodstone Memorial Hospital, 520 E. 10th, Superior, Ne. 68978|
Even worse than that, the habit will make your life miserable. Lung cancer would almost not exist if it was not for the effects of smoking over long periods of time.
Even a larger threat is acceleration of hardening of the arteries and bringing about early strokes and heart attacks.
Smoking marked accelerates atherosclerosis, particularly in the setting of other risk factors, including familial diathesis, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and others.
Other unappreciated adverse effects of smoking are an insidious destruction of lung tissue. Chronic smoking brings about the progression of both bronchitis and emphysema. Some smokers that do not cough or wheeze are just losing their lung tissue and/or lungs are turning to sponge. Unfortunately, the destruction of lungs by smoking is not very “forgiving.” Lung tissue is gradually lost through a smoker’s long-term habit such that the lungs eventually give out and an individual has marked dyspnea upon exertion or even discomfort in just trying to get their breath at rest.
Smoking causes a slow destruction of lung tissue such that a person over a period of years will develop problems of fatigue, cough, breathlessness, and of course, the other above-mentioned side effects. Smoking exacerbates sinus congestion and inflammation or chronic sinusitis. It brings out problems of sleep apnea, exacerbating snoring and respiratory airway movement.
Smoking also causes marked peripheral vascular disease and shuts off or clamps off the blood flow to the extremities, accentuating coldness and limiting blood flow to the arms, legs, and other organs.
Raynaud’s phenomenon is caused by or markedly exacerbated by smoking. Even the “smell” of smoke on clothes is deleterious to children and other adults with respiratory problems, and it is a “crime” to expose those around a smoker to this insult.
“Smokeless” tobacco also causes a host of problems. It is much addicting than even cigarettes. Adverse personality change, depression, irritability, and anger outbursts are common in “chewers.” Mouth cancer from smokeless tobacco is, of course, extremely common as well as the more mundane problems of bad breath and gross spitting.
It is no wonder tobacco is addicting. It does stimulate “cocaine receptors” in the brain, although it has only very short-lived effects of stimulation as opposed to cocaine itself.
Important considerations in coping or dealing with tobacco include:
In conclusion, your future with a tobacco habit is dismal, dreadful, and unhappy for you and those around you. It would be “stupid” to stand with your face over the smoke of a campfire. Similarly, it makes little sense to irritate mucus membranes of the nose, throat, voice box, and lungs with harmful, cancer-inducing gas and ash.
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